I was torn between the title for this post that I ultimately chose and the alternate “Six of One, Half-Dozen of the Other.” You, the reader, can tell me if I made the right choice.
If you listen to the Democrats (minus Joe “Whistling in the Dark” Biden), today is the day of doom. The day that the Democrats will almost certainly lose control of both houses of Congress, ensuring utter destruction for at least the next two years until the country comes to its senses again, and votes them back into office.
If you listen to the Republicans, today is the day that we retake Congress from the hands of those who shoved Obamacare down our throats, waffled on immigration, and allowed the President to do pretty much whatever he wanted.
I submit to you that, Republican or Democrat, today will largely be the day that follows yesterday. That’s pretty much the whole significance of the thing. Why do I feel this way? To paraphrase my friend Steve Deace (because I can’t find the actual quote), “Before America tries a three party system, we should try a two party system first.” He was saying that there really isn’t much difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. They talk a big game, but most of them are only interested in two things:
1. Getting to Washington DC.
2. Staying there.
I’ve heard some Republicans rejoicing at the forecasted Republican takeover of Congress, which means, according to them, that we will finally secure the borders, stop illegal immigration, repeal Obamacare, end abortion on demand, etc, etc, etc. To these people, I have one question:
Why didn’t the Republicans do those things before?
They controlled the White House for 8 years (2000-2008). They controlled the House of Representatives from 1994-2006. They controlled the Senate during those same years, except for two years in 2001-2002 when Jim Jeffords, RINO-NH, gave control of the Senate to the Democrats. What does that mean? It means that for FOUR YEARS the Republicans held both the Executive and Legislative branches, and for TEN years they held both houses. Did they solve the illegal immigration problem? No. Did they balance the budget? No. Did they decrease the federal debt? No. Did they end abortion on demand? No.
The Republicans have even controlled the House of Representatives for the past four years. DO you know how many bills the House has passed in the past four years to repeal Obamacare? 54 times (knowing these bills would die in the Democratically-controlled Senate, making them largely symbolic). Do you know who is in charge of what gets spent in this country? The House. Do you know who voted to fund Obamacare for the past four years? The House of Representatives. So they could have defunded Obamacare, but they didn’t. They tried, I’ll give them that, but when the Senate threatened government shutdown, the Republicans caved.
You see, when liberals defend their position, it’s called principled leadership. When conservatives defend their position, it’s called partisan bickering. The siren call of “bipartisanship” draws the Republicans onto the rocks every time.
So excuse me if I don’t get giddy when, tomorrow at this time the news agencies announce that this January Harry Reid will give up his gavel to Mitch “Bad Votes” McConnell.